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Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but not the presidency.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why the Electoral College is probably here to stay.

Petition Urges Electoral College To Vote For Clinton

Nov 11, 2016

A change.org petition is petitioning the Electoral College to cast its ballots for Hillary Clinton, saying President-elect Donald Trump is unfit to serve. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more on the longshot gambit.

With the Clinton era over, who will lead the Democrats going forward?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Joe Conason is editor-in-chief of The National Memo and an editor at The Investigative Fund. A widely published columnist and reporter, he is the author of several books, including Big Lies, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton.

His new book is Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, where Conason profiled Bill Clinton’s post presidency career in philanthropy.

Ralph Nader knows a thing or two about running for President of the United States.

Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.

In his new book, Breaking Through Power, Ralph Nader draws from a lifetime waging--and often winning--David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. He highlights the success stories of fellow Americans who organize change and work together to derail the many ways in which wealth manipulates politics, labor, media, the environment, and the quality of national life today.

Keith Strudler: Finding Solace In Sports

Nov 9, 2016

I know most all of you don’t want to hear me talk about sports right now. You don’t have the appetite to consider the college football playoff rankings. Or whether NFL officials are missing too many calls. Or if baseball is a regional game. None of these topics sound important, and to be honest, they aren’t. Not relative to the fact that, in the estimation of a lot of reputable sources, we have just put our children’s future at considerable risk and destabilized the world. And potentially validated a pattern of bigotry, xenophobia, and sexism that’s largely unknown to this current generation of Americans. So I get that it’s kind of hard for you all to listen to me talk about sports right now without wanting to either change the station or, more likely, shove something down my throat. Let’s all agree that sports is simply not so important right now, even if it’s kind of what I’m supposed to do.

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Election Day is behind us and Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States.

It’s a victory that has surprised many and is likely to go down as one of the most notable moments in political history. Why do you think the election went the way it did? How are you feeling today? What do you think a Trump presidency will look like?  Alan Chartock takes your calls.

11/9/16 Panel

Nov 9, 2016

Today's Roundtable Panel took place before a live studio audience at The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio in downtown Albany.

Today's panelists: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany, Rosemary Armao, Political Consultant Libby Post, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, author and activist Barbara Smith and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Against Whom The Rebellion?

Nov 8, 2016

This is my last chance to talk with you before the polls close.

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It all comes down to today for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It’s been one heck of a campaign season unlike any other. The candidates have the lowest favorability ratings of any in history. That’s just one of the reasons people are expressing anxiety, worry and uncertainty over the outcome. So how are you feeling on this Election Day? Are you nervous? Excited? Tell Dr. Alan (not a medical doctor) Chartock all about it! 

Donald Trump in Plattsburgh.
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One of the most extraordinary elections in memory is coming to a close tomorrow. The campaign was especially unusual here in the Northeast: Two New Yorkers are facing off for president, and Massachusetts is represented on the Libertarian and Green Party tickets. A Vermonter made a deep run in the Democratic primary. And cities like Albany — usually an afterthought on the presidential campaign trail — found themselves hosting major rallies on both sides of the aisle. With voters heading to the polls tomorrow, we listen back now to what the campaign sounded like on WAMC’s airwaves.

A final poll in the long Presidential race shows the contest tightening a bit in New York, though Hillary Clinton still leads Donald Trump by double digits.

Have you ever heard of the economist Steve Keen?   In 2010 he received the largest number of first place votes for the “Revere Award in Economics.”   This award was created to identify the three economists whose writings most strongly warned of and anticipated the financial meltdown of 2008.  Listeners may recall that I have repeatedly referred to the work of Dean Baker who as early as 2002 wrote that the rise in housing prices had all the characteristics of an unsustainable bubble.  It turns out that Steve Keen had done similar writings and in fact “beat out” Baker for first place in the Revere Award.   (Baker garnered 3rd place, the financial expert Nouriel Roubini took 2nd).

Fred Kowal: A Better Future For All?

Nov 3, 2016

Like most of you, I have heard many disturbing statements during this year’s political campaigns.

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Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming, as well as for NPR.

She will give the 6th Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture at Amsler Campus Center gymnasium at MCLA in North Adams, MA on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

From 1996-2002, Roberts and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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There are just two weeks before Election Day. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are holding last minute rallies in battlegrounds states in the presidential race. Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso are making final pitches to voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Alan Chartock takes calls from our listeners. 

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A “Women for Trump” event was held in Albany Thursday, where dozens turned out in support of the GOP presidential nominee. The rally comes as Donald Trump’s campaign is struggling to move on from damaging video of comments regarding women Trump made 11 years ago. The crowd was focused on the next four weeks.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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The two major party presidential candidates rumbled in their debate on Sunday night, with both sides declaring victory. The second debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump came on the heels of the release of a decade old video of the GOP candidate engaging in what he describes as "locker room talk." Others, including his Democratic rival, said the comments were more than that.  The video, the debate and your thoughts on the race for White House on this open forum edition of Vox Pop. Alan Chartock hosts.

Bill Owens: Another Debate, Another Win For HRC

Oct 11, 2016

As we all watched and waited, we tried to guess would he apologize, would he be believable, will he implode? The apology was weak and unconvincing and the excuse of it being lock room banter was in exceptionally poor judgement.

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Several political leaders from across the region have emailed statements against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's lewd remarks revealed in a 2005 exchange with TV personality Billy Bush.

It is unlike the second career of any other president: “Bill Clinton” is a global brand, rising from the dark days of his White House departure to become one of the most popular names in the world.

In Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, Joe Conason describes how that happened, examining Clinton’s achievements, his failures, his motivations, and his civilian life. He explains why Clinton’s ambitions for the world continue to inspire (and infuriate).

Keith Strudler: Vote Like Lebron

Oct 5, 2016

As we all know from watching this peculiar presidential election, public opinion can change fast. NBA superstar LeBron James can attest to that. A few years ago, when Ohio born and raised James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, Ohioans treated LeBron like he was the Devil. If the Devil also stole your girlfriend and your parking spot. But only a few years later, after he came home and won the first championship in forever for the hard-luck town, those perceptions shifted a bit. So much that he could probably win the governorship right now. Without even campaigning. But LeBron isn’t a politician, at least not in the traditional sense.

Donald Trump's taxes made headlines this week. And the candidates for VP are set to debate this evening. We invite you to share your thoughts as the presidential race nears the home stretch. Alan Chartock hosts.

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The first presidential debate is behind us.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he believes Hillary Clinton was the victor.

Stephen Gottlieb: Hillary

Sep 27, 2016

I’ve been traveling and so I’m playing catch up. But I was shocked at the reactions I heard to Hillary’s illness. I expected people to do what we do when most people get sick – wish her well and hope she can get over it quickly. What I heard was just grousing that she said she was fine.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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If television ratings are any indication, last night's U.S. presidential debate was a doozy!  According to overnight ratings, it ranks at or near the top of a list of all such debates ever broadcast.  

Bill Owens: A Win For Hillary

Sep 27, 2016

Normally we anticipate a presidential race to turn on the candidates likability and trust worthiness. We know both candidates have high negatives on both counts.

  The New York Times columnist  Maureen Dowd has covered Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton since the '90s.

Trapped between two candidates with the highest recorded unfavorables, Americans are plunged into The Year of Voting Dangerously. In this perilous and shocking campaign season, Dowd traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever.

Stephen Gottlieb: The Bully In The Debate

Sep 20, 2016

People keep saying that Hillary will destroy Donald in debate. But I’m concerned. I’m bothered by the memory of one exchange between Bush and Gore in one of the presidential debates in 2000. When Gore confronted Bush with the math behind Bush’s tax proposals, Bush just responded by calling Gore’s figures “fuzzy math.” In fact, Gore’s numbers weren’t fuzzy – he and he had laid it right out for all to see. I concluded that Bush was trying to bully Gore and the American people by substituting insult for fact. But people reacted that Gore was a nerd and Bush would be nice to have a beer with. I think that was unfortunate largely because, as president, Bush took us into the war in Iraq with what I believe were disastrous results. This isn’t the place to refight the issues of the Bush presidency. The real problem is that Trump has never shown any dedication either to the facts or to policy detail and many Americans have shown an appetite for unsupported slogans and invective. So I’m concerned that he may try to bully Hillary in the debates and how Americans will react. 

Hillary Clinton's health is making headlines following a viral video that appears to show the Democratic presidential candidate unsteady on her feet.  Clinton says it was a case of pneumonia and pushing herself to hard on the campaign trail.  Should Clinton reveal her complete health records?  The Clinton camp also would like a look at Donald Trump's tax returns... 

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